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The Parisians don't quite trust the assurances of Monsieur Babinet and insist on lying in wait for the comet, plate 394 from Actualités

A work made of lithograph in black on white wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on white wove paper.

Date:

May 1, 1857

Artist:

Honoré Victorin Daumier
French, 1808-1879

About this artwork

Here, a little over a month before the deadly comet is due to land, a couple anxiously watches the skies for its arrival. Jacques Babinet, the “Monsieur Babinet” of the caption, was a member of the French Academy of Sciences and widely known as a charismatic speaker and writer on astronomy. Soon after the prediction was made, he publicly refuted the idea that a comet was going to end the world, in an attempt to quell some of the panic. Babinet was eventually proven right when no comet appeared on June 13, and life persisted.

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Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Title

The Parisians don't quite trust the assurances of Monsieur Babinet and insist on lying in wait for the comet, plate 394 from Actualités

Origin

France

Date

1857

Medium

Lithograph in black on white wove paper

Dimensions

204 × 257 mm (image); 274 × 357 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

Reference Number

1955.1171

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